By Traci Patterson
In the past year, cable telephony subscribers have increased by nearly eight million worldwide, according to a new report from In-Stat.
Growth in North America has been particularly strong as cable operators near the end of their transition to VoIP-enabled network architectures, In-Stat’s report found.
“Current priorities for cable telephony service providers are expanding the availability of their service and attracting business end-users, especially small- and medium-size businesses,” said Mike Paxton, an In-Stat analyst.
In-Stat’s research, “34 Million Subscribers: Worldwide Cable Telephony Services Continue to Expand,” found that:
- Worldwide cable telephony service revenues are on track to reach $12.6 billion in 2008, up from $10.7 billion in 2007.
- Total worldwide cable telephony subscribers are projected to reach 37 million by the end of 2008, and to pass 64 million by 2012.
- In the U.S., questions remain about whether or not the cable service bundle needs to have a wireless voice component; while wireless service is an integral part of the service bundle in countries like Canada and the U.K., the collapse of the Pivot joint venture (JV) in the U.S. has put wireless service on the back burner for most U.S. cable operators.
As mentioned above, the Pivot JV involved cable operators Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Advance/Newhouse (Bright House Networks), which were working with Sprint Nextel to offer the Pivot wireless service. In April, it was announced that the cable operators were done with Pivot (story here).
In-Stat’s research covers the worldwide market for cable telephony. It discusses the business case for cable telephony services, discusses the availability of the service and examines specific network architectures, In-Stat said. In addition, it updates leading cable TV operator telephony deployment strategies and presents the results of a U.S. cable telephony subscriber consumer survey.
The research also provides forecasts for worldwide cable telephony subscribers, VoIP cable telephony subscribers and installed cable telephony lines through 2012, and it forecasts cable telephony service revenues and “Voice-over-Broadband” cable telephony subscribers over the next five years.